RUPP, ADOLPH FRED
Hometown: Halstead, KS
Born: September 2, 1901
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1923: Lettered. MVC stats.
ADOLPH RUPP (Player 1921-23)
Adolph Rupp was a star on his Halstead, Kansas, high school team, averaging over 19 points per game. After high school, Rupp attended the University of Kansas from 1919-1923. He was a reserve on the 1921-23 teams at Kansas and worked part-time at the student Jayhawk Cafe to help pay his college expenses.
In his three years on the varsity, Rupp didn’t see enough time to earn a letter. But in a 1923 letter requesting that the school authorize basketball “K”s, coach Allen made special attention: “Adolph Rupp has worked three consecutive years, given the best he had in him for the success of the team. That man should receive a recommendation for a letter.”
He began his coaching career at Burr Oak, Kansas and later coached Marshalltown, Iowa and Freeport, Illinois before taking over as head coach at Kentucky in 1931. During his time in Freeport, Rupp earned a Masters degree in education and economics, and traveled to nearby Madison to observe and learn from University of Wisconsin basketball coach, Dr. Walter “Doc” Maxwell.
Known as "The Baron of Bluegrass", Rupp coached at Kentucky for 42 seasons and compiled a record of 875 wins and 190 losses - a winning percentage of 82 percent, retiring in 1972 as the winningest coach in NCAA history. A master of motivation and strategy, he promoted a sticky man-to-man defense, a fluid set offense, perfect individual fundamentals, and a relentless fast break that battered opponents into defeat.
As coach of the Wildcats, Rupp guided his teams to 27 Southeastern Conference titles, a NIT championship and four NCAA crowns (1948, 1949, 1951 and 1958). Twenty-five players were All-Americans under his guidance and 31 of his players played professionally. He was named National Coach of the Year four times and SEC Coach of the Year seven times. He served as co-coach of the 1948 U.S. Olympic gold medal team in London and was selected as an Olympic goodwill ambassador to the 1968 games in Mexico City. Rupp Arena in Lexington, Kentucky, home of the University of Kentucky Wildcats, is named in his honor. He was elected to the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 1959.
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